Vassar College


  • A freelance contributor and documentary photographer who specializes in big tech, the journalism industry, and visual culture
  • Writes on social media and payments technology for Investopedia
  • 2 years of experience as an editor at Boilerplate Magazine, Vassar College's long-form investigative journalism magazine


Jakob Eckstein is a freelance contributor at Investopedia who has covered big tech since 2018. Jakob enjoys writing about the behavior of tech executives and the social aspects of payments technology. He has examined the meteoric rise of peer-to-peer payment apps like Venmo and has written on Elon Musk's behavior and its effect on Tesla. Before Investopedia, Jakob did extensive research on ventures in hyper-local journalism, and social media’s disruptive effect on the news industry.


Jakob holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Vassar College.

Quote from Jakob Eckstein

“Thanks to the steady proliferation of automation and information technologies, broad swaths the economy are being forced to radically rethink the way they do business, or are disappearing altogether. It is vital that we strive to understand these changes, and that we document and study the success stories that emerge from them.” - Jakob Eckstein